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criminalize

[krim-uh-nl-ahyz] /ˈkrɪm ə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), criminalized, criminalizing.
1.
to make punishable as a crime:
To reduce the graffiti on subway cars, he wants to criminalize the selling of spray paint to minors.
2.
to make a criminal of:
Drug use has criminalized him.
Also, especially British, criminalise.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; criminal + -ize
Related forms
criminalization, noun
recriminalization, noun
recriminalize, verb (used with object), recriminalized, recriminalizing.
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Examples from the web for criminalize
  • However, it would become unreasonable to then try to criminalize those who do not act in this way.
  • It may criminalize extortion threats and conspiratorial agreements.
  • To criminalize command decisions in a theater of complex combat operations is a grave step indeed.
  • The statute does not criminalize threats of violence.
  • Changes in laws that either de-criminalize behaviors or criminalize additional offenses can affect the number of people arrested.
  • criminalize violent crimes in furtherance or in aid of criminal street gangs.
  • The bill seeks substantial progress towards repealing or revising laws that criminalize democracy related activities.
  • There are already a zillion laws on the books that criminalize weapons.
  • criminalize us for wanting to defend ourselves and keep our families safe.
British Dictionary definitions for criminalize

criminalize

/ˈkrɪmɪnəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make (an action or activity) criminal
2.
to treat (a person) as a criminal
Derived Forms
criminalization, criminalisation, noun
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